The NFL supplemental draft was today—ten days before training camp begins. This part of the NFL cycle is during the slowest time of the year for the League and rarely yields any notable players, especially recently. In the last nine years of the supplemental draft only seven players have landed with a team. The Falcons did not take a supplemental draft player this year—while not a surprise, it was not necessarily a bad thing.
There were only five players available in this year’s supplemental draft—safety Jalen Thompson from Washington State, wide receiver Marcus Simms from West Virginia, linebacker Shyheim Cullen from Syracuse, defensive back Bryant Perry from St. Francis and tight end Devonaire Clarington from Northland Community College.
The last time the Falcons selected a supplemental draft player it was 1984. This year, if the Falcons wanted a supplemental draft player, they might have had a chance—they were number 13 on the “priority list,” which basically signifies they are a team that is in need of new, fresh players.
Usually, players selected in the supplemental draft don’t go on to find huge success—after all they usually have faced eligibility issues that have landed them in the position to apply for the supplemental draft. For this reason, it is good that the Falcons did not end up with a player this late into the offseason. The Falcons already have to handle the rookies they acquired earlier this year—even though training camp has yet to begin, there is still important groundwork laid during minicamp and OTAs. For this reason, acquiring a new player this late in the game may have done more harm than good, and the Falcons should stay happy with their new rookies—especially the two first-rounders.